Study: Contact Precautions Linked to Better Hand Hygiene

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Healthcare workers' hand hygiene compliance was higher when patients were under contact precautions — measures taken to reduce the spread of infection — compared with the hospital population overall, according to a study in the American Journal of Infection Control.

Trained infection control personnel observed hand hygiene compliance among healthcare workers for patients under contact precautions and the general hospital population. Hand hygiene compliance was 70.3 percent for patients with contact precautions and 60.4 percent for the overall population. The increased compliance for contact precaution patients was more pronounced in critical care areas.

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Respiratory technicians had the highest hand hygiene compliance both overall and for patients under contact precautions. Medical students had lower hand hygiene compliance in both cases.

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